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      12-07-2006, 03:21 PM   #15

Drives: 07 335i Sedan 6MT
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Connecticut

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Originally Posted by diablo2112
Regarding feedback (engine whine) and the Belkin connector:

VERY common problem. The Belkin connector uses the same ground line for the power and the audio. This creates a large ground-loop (basically, a huge antenna inside the car) that picks up all the AC noise in the electrical system.

There's a very easy fix for this: purchase a connector cable that incorporates a "ground isolator" (sometimes called an "audio isolator"). Radio Shack sells this cable for about $15, looks like a normal RCA cable with a 1" x 3" cylinder in the middle (containing the isolation transformers). Works perfectly with the Belkin connector. This is how I attach my Belkin/iPod to the aux-in connector on our 335i. Note that the Radio Shack cable ends with RCA plugs. The kit includes one RCA to 3.5mm miniplug adapter; you'll need to purchase another to get both ends to miniplug configuration.

Side note: I'm *amazed* no one has offered what I consider the ideal audio solution for iPod-to-aux input connection. Incorporate the functionality of the Belkin connector (charge + line out on the plug; allows only a single cable to the bottom of you iPod) and include a ground-loop isolator as part of the package, built into the car-charger portion. Frankly, I'd think you could sell thousands of these things with ease...

Yea, I read about the grounding issue. So, this solution turns a $30 piece of garbage into a $50 mess of wires. Not the best solution for me.

My question to you is: is grounding going to be a problem with all chargers with line-out or are some not affected? Like the PocketDoc that Kindryck suggested?

Thanks for the help.

Edit: did some more searching:
In the first review, someone states this will be affected by ground loop as well. Looks like gonna have to go with ground isolator until i decide to pony up for ipod integration. Thanks.

Last edited by kuthair; 12-07-2006 at 03:50 PM.